Riri's hook-ups, royal romances

IN DEMAND: Not only Leonardo DiCaprio is having the hots for singer Rihanna.

12:48 PM  Rihanna is having some hot hook-ups with Leonardo DiCaprio, but he's not the only one in the hunt, the gossip mags say. 

X Factor ratings plunge

HARD AT WORK: The X Factor judging panel

12:09 PM  X Factor records lowest ratings so far after controversy involving ex-con contestant.

Wee metal band makes waves video

ALIEN WEAPONRY: Despite being 12 and 14 years the Lewis and Henry de Jong and mate Ethan Trembath deliver some serious heavy metal.

They’re a thrash metal band gaining rave reviews despite being too young to drive themselves to their gigs.

Kelly O leaves Fashion Police

MOVING ON: Kelly Osbourne is leaving the Fashion Police.

E! has confirmed Kelly Osbourne is leaving their hit show, Fashion Police. But who will replace her?

X Factor: Outrage and tears video

X Factor judging panel: Just like the Hunger Games without the killing...

Last night's episode of the X Factor raised too many questions, produced too many tears and made a wrong decision.

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Riri's hook-ups and royal romances

IN DEMAND: Not only Leonardo DiCaprio is having the hots for singer Rihanna.

12:48 PM  Rihanna is having some hot hook-ups with Leonardo DiCaprio, but he's not the only one in the hunt.

$200k Oscar gown returned by thief

The $200,000 Oscar gown worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o that was stolen two days ago has been returned by the thief.

Rosie O’Donnell files for divorce

Leonard Nimoy, 'Spock', dies

film

Sneak peek of Frozen Fever

THEY'RE BACK: Frozen Fever is coming soon.

Get ready to feel the fever as the Frozen sisters return in a short film later this month.

$200k Oscar gown returned by thief

The $200,000 Oscar gown worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o that was stolen two days ago has been returned by the thief.

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE: It's not all about the music - the scenery is also a big part of the appeal of The Sound of Music.

Sound of Music still strong at 50

Offering suspense, scenery and sing-along-worthy songs, The Sound of Music continues to steal our hearts.

music

Hook offers reminder of glory days

True faith: Peter Hook's renditions of Joy Division and New Order songs had the Wellington audience pumping their fists in an unabashed nostalgia fest.

11:58 AM  Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook's covers band, The Light, played Wellington on Thursday.

Neneh Cherry: Her own woman

11:29 AM  Ahead of her Wellington show, Britain's Neneh Cherry explains why she's released just three albums since 1989.

FAB FOUR: The Beatles musical Let It Be is coming to Auckland.

Beatles scream to be heard in Auckland

11:37 AM  The international hit musical celebrating the Beatles, Let It Be, will be in Auckland next month.

tv & radio

X Factor ratings plunge after controversy

HARD AT WORK: The X Factor judging panel

12:09 PM  The X Factor NZ has delivered its lowest ratings to date in the face of last week's controversy involving a manslaughter-convicted contestant.

X Factor: Outrage and tears video

Last night's episode of the X Factor raised too many questions, produced too many tears and made a wrong decision.

MOVING ON: Kelly Osbourne is leaving the Fashion Police.

Kelly O is leaving Fashion Police

E! has confirmed Kelly Osbourne is leaving their hit show, Fashion Police. But who will replace her?

books

On the road with Ele, Witi and Joy

Eleanor Catton in front of Taipei Book Festival 2015 display of Luminaries.

When New Zealand descended on the Taipei book fair this month, Adam Dudding, was there.

The next Eleanor Catton?

New Zealander Anna Smaill's debut novel is garnering international praise.

Chrsitchurch woman Beverly Wardle-Jackson's life started off badly and went that way for years. She reveals all in a new book.

A stolen childhood

A horrific tale of abuse of children in care half a century ago emerges in a new book.

arts

Stolen Picasso found in US mail

1911 painting La Coiffeuse or The Hairdresser, by Pablo Picasso.

A Picasso painting missing from Paris for more than a decade resurfaced in the United States mail.

The creature creator

Sonny Tilders is the creative genius behind the giant dinos that stalk the stage in Walking With Dinosaurs.

NEW WORK:  Douglas Wright's dance The Last Kiss.

Douglas Wright's grand finale

After every work, the acclaimed choreographer tells himself it's the last. This time is different.

stage & theatre

Feathers, furs and fins fly on stage video

DECONSTRUCTED BAROQUE:  Circus show Carnival of the Animals uses minimal clown makeup and special costumes to convey a world of beasts inspired by Saint-Seans' musical suite.

The makers of circus hit in the New Zealand Festival are back next month with Carnival of the Animals.

Gutsy men reveal insights, influences

New production The Brave conveys the emotional and physical aspects of being a man.

Jane Keller, who will appear at Circa Theatre in Yep, Still Got It from February 28.

Over 60 and still sassy

American Jane Keller has made a name for herself in Wellington, chiefly through her solo cabaret shows.

Video

Pint-sized metal band makes waves

They’re a thrash metal band gaining rave reviews for their original music and mature outlook despite being too young to drive themselves to their gigs.

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